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   Re: [xml-dev] URIs and Names on the Web

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Didier PH Martin wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
> Jonathan said:
> ... in the meantime someone else, had published an HTTP URI and
> _their_ description has become the definative description of this new
> rock
> ...
> Didier replies:
> And the rocks has a different name each time it is moved to a new HTTP
> server.

The fact that servers go down, and DNS entries change owners over time, are
well known problems with HTTP and the current Web. URNs, which don't have
any real infrastructure, aren't a solution to this problem. Perhaps someday
someone will put up a new infrastructure which allows people to use URNs in
a reasonable fashion. When that day comes, we would be able to debate
whether or not it was better than HTTP. In the meantime we can try to make
HTTP systems as robust as possible. Heck, they are already a whole lot more
robust than anyone would have ever predicated. Credit to HTTP.



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